A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Nottingham Trent University student Arjun Singh – but denied robbing him.
Mathiwos Tekle, 20 of Ryeland Gardens, Nottingham, appeared in the dock at Nottingham Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Stuart Rafferty QC.
The courtroom was full of family members.
When the charge sheet was read out, Tekle admitted the manslaughter of Mr Singh, 20, but pleaded not guilty to robbing him of cash on the same date of January 19, 2020.
Police were called just before 4am on Saturday, January 18, to Long Row in the city centre after reports of an assault. Mr Singh, of Heatherton, Derby, died in hospital the next day.
A vigil was held outside the Slug and Lettuce, in Long Row, on Wednesday, January 22, where hundreds of people paid tribute to the “happy’ and “bubbly” student.
Friends, family, students and members of the Sikh community were among those who had paid their respects.
Tekle faces a third charged with 23-year-old Aron Kahsai, of Cavan Court, The Meadows, of supplying a quantity of cocaine to another on January 19.
Both Tekle and Kahsai pleaded not guilty at the hearing on Wednesday, February 19. James Thomas, prosecuting, said a trial date of June 22 had been indicated in advance of today’s hearing.
He invited the judge to set a timetable with a pre-trial review on March 19.
Tekle will stay in custody, while Kahsai was bailed until March 19.
The judge reserved the hearing date to himself.